Japan Belting Manufacturers Association Releases Demand Forecast for 2018

The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association recently published a 2018 demand forecast for rubber and resin belts. As part of the report, the association estimated the 2017 production volume of rubber belts at 26,694 tons, marking a 1 percent year-on-year increase and a third consecutive year below 30,000 tons. While transmission belt production stayed flat for 2017, conveyor belt production rose...

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Mitsuboshi Belting Launches Upgraded Tension Meter for Transmission Belts

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) has launched sales as of the end of last year for the Doctor Tension Type-IV, a sonic tension meter that helps maximize conveyor belt function. The device, which uses sound waves to measure optimum tension in transmission belts, can be used with a wide range of belt designs – including timing belts, flat belts, V-belts and...

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Yokohama Rubber to Use Zeon’s Solution-Polymerized Rubber in New Studless Tires

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently revealed that it is set to supply solution-polymerized rubber to Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101). The rubber will be sold through ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd., and is slated to be used for a white polymer that is highly reactive with silica in Yokohama Rubber’s latest studless tire, the iceGuard 6. Due to the solution-polymerized rubber’s strong...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops World’s Largest Floating Fender

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it developed a giant floating fender last December. With a diameter of six meters, the new floating fender is the largest in the world. It is designed to be used for offshore cargo transfer operations of liquefied natural gas (LNG) between LNG floating production, storage and offloading units (LNG-FPSOs) and LNG tankers....

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Toyoda Gosei Plastic Roof Panel to be Used in Toyota FC Bus

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has announced that a large plastic roof panel developed by the company will be adopted by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) for use in a fuel cell (FC) bus scheduled for launch this year. Toyota will produce more than 100 of these buses, primarily for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Plastic car bodies, despite...

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Nippon Goodyear Announces New Tires for Passenger Cars, SUVs

Nippon Goodyear Ltd. has announced that it will release two new comfort tires on Feb. 1: the EfficientGrip Comfort, aimed at passenger vehicles, and the EfficientGrip Performance SUV, aimed at sport utility vehicles. EfficientGrip Comfort tires stand out for providing a much more comfortable ride by reducing tread pattern noise and road noise, thus making the cabin quieter. All sizes...

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